Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Rasp" by Maggie Smith

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July 13, 2017


Maggie Smith

About This Poem


"'Rasp' began as an attempt to articulate a sensory experience: the combination of the blur of heat in the air and the sound of wind moving through—across?—tall, dry grass. As I wrote, it struck me that the dry summer fields are broom-like, the grass wheat-colored and papery, so there's a play on the idea of 'windswept.' The air seems to have so much body and texture in the heat, as if it has a surface that can be seen, felt, even broken."
—Maggie Smith


Maggie Smith is the author of Good Bones, forthcoming in September from Tupelo Press. She lives and writes in Bexley, Ohio.

Poetry by Smith


Good Bones

(Tupelo Press, 2017)

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"Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve" by Anne Boyer


"badlands: a song of flux, out of time" by Lee Ann Roripaugh


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